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Sandoval Hits 3 HR's, Giants Beat Tigers in Game One

San Francisco Leads World Series 1-0

Steve Amorose

FOX 17 Sports

October 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO

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One panda was enough to top the Tigers.

Pablo Sandoval set a World Series record by hitting three home runs in his first three at bats, and the San Francisco Giants topped the Detroit Tigers 8-3 in Game One of the World Series.

Justin Verlander got the start for Detroit but only lasted four innings giving up five earned runs.  He gave up two home runs to Sandoval, who's nickname is Kung Fu Panda.  Sandoval hit a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run shot in the third inning.

The Giants third baseman would go on to hit his third home run of the game off Al Alburquerque in the fifth inning joining Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only men to hit three home runs in a single World Series game.